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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" This Sunday's readings are about the bond of love that marriage creates between a man and a woman, a bond that is meant to last for a lifetime. Right from the start of the...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"













This Sunday's readings are about the bond of love that marriage creates between a man and a woman, a bond that is meant to last for a lifetime. Right from the start of the creation story in the book of Genesis God declares, "It is not good for man to be alone." Most of us recognize that it is not good to be alone all the time.









What I find so fascinating about this passage from Genesis is that loneliness is the very first thing which God called out as "not good". Yet today, with more and more men and women choosing not to marry and the fact that more people are living by themselves at any time in recorded history, loneliness has become a major public health issue. With our recent Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions this issue has become even more accentuated. It is not good to be alone!


God gave us one another to be an encouragement to each other, to be a help or to simply be a good listener. Whether its your husband, or your wife, or a friend or just a fellow community member, reach out and touch someone today. Let them know that they are not alone.


Join our Parish community for Mass this weekend and be sure to check out the Worship section below for details on our Mass times and requirements.  

God bless you folks, Father Gerard


PS: Please be sure to check out the Financial Update below and thank you so much for your continued support!

























October 2-3, 2021






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Saturday 4:30 pm













Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am


























October 9-10, 2021






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Saturday 4:30 pm













Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am
























Second Story of Creation, the Creation of Woman • Genesis 2:18-24 

Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 

Jesus' Exaltation Through Abasement • Hebrews 2:9-11 

Question of Divorce and Jesus Blessing the Children • Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12












Sunday Reflection: What God Has Joined










In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.

The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never an issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1–4). But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in today’s First Reading.

Divorce violates the order of creation, He says. Moses permitted it only as a concession to the people’s “hardness of heart”—their inability to live by God’s covenant Law. But Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, to reveal its true meaning and purpose, and to give people the grace to keep God’s commands.










Marriage, He reveals, is a sacrament, a divine, life-giving sign. Through the union of husband and wife, God intended to bestow His blessings on the human family—making it fruitful, multiplying it until it filled the earth (see Genesis 1:28). That’s why today’s Gospel moves so easily from a debate about marriage to Jesus’ blessing of children. Children are blessings the Father bestows on couples who walk in His ways, as we sing in today’s Psalm.


Marriage also is a sign of God’s new covenant. As today’s Epistle hints, Jesus is the new Adam—made a little lower than the angels, born of a human family (see Romans 5:14; Psalm 8:5–7). The Church is the new Eve, the “woman” born of Christ’s pierced side as He hung in the sleep of death on the Cross (see John 19:34; Revelation 12:1–17).


Through the union of Christ and the Church as “one flesh,” God’s plan for the world is fulfilled (see Ephesians 5:21–32). Eve was “mother of all the living” (see Genesis 3:20). And in Baptism, we are made sons and daughters of the Church, children of the Father, heirs of the eternal glory He intended for the human family in the beginning.


The challenge for us is to live as children of the kingdom, growing up ever more faithful in our love and devotion to the ways of Christ and the teachings of His Church.


Dr. Scott Hahn













Regular Mass Times

  • Saturday: 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Please note that we are still in Phase 3 of the Ontario Reopening Plan and physical distancing of 2 metres will remain in place. All attendees must continue to wear a mask. We would ask that you continue to pre-register for all weekend Masses so that we may retain adequate crowd control. Based on our experience over the last several months (ie., family configurations, # of no-shows, etc.) we are increasing our sign up limit to 98 for each of our 3 weekend Masses.


Kindly register here for this weekend: (stleonardsparishca.flo...) or through the St. Leonard website on an ongoing basis. Registration for the following weekend's Masses will be open starting Monday.  You can make reservations by visiting or, If you do not have a computer, please contact Susan in the Parish office at (613) 692-4254 before noon on Fridays and she will gladly help you out. 


Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses. 

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 am

Regular Confession times

Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm










All Weekend and Weekday Masses from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed at the time that they are scheduled to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be recorded and made available on Saturday evening here.












Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon


Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons will air every ‪Sunday morning at 8:15 AM Eastern Time. Click on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.












Special Events










Join Father Gerard for the Trip of a Lifetime! 

Information Session Thurs Oct 14th at 7 pm


All those interested in joining Fr. Gerard Plant on the "Wonders of Egypt and The Nile River" trip in April of 2022 are invited to an information/orientation session Thursday October 14th at 7pm in the Parish Hall of St Leonard Parish. If you would like to attend this full presentation and question period, please contact Susan in the office (office@stleonardsparis...) to register. 


For further details on the trip click here.






















Glasses for the Philippines


The Knights of Columbus are collecting glasses: prescription, drug store, sunglasses, to send to Santo Nino De Praga Parish, Cordon, Isabela, Philippines as part of the start of Lent.  Glasses will be collected, repaired, and then, sent to the Philippines.  Santo Nino De Praga Parish along with opticians in the Philippines will help to distribute the glasses.


There will be a box at the back of the church for collection during October.  Thank you for your generosity!













St. Leonard CWL 16th Annual Fundraiser
Frozen Apple & Blueberry Pies


Once a year for the past 16 years members of the St. Leonard Parish CWL have prepared frozen apple and blueberry pies for sale as our only fundraiser. Proceeds go to support parish projects and charities.









Buy Frozen Pies- Support the CWL
· Order a frozen apple or blueberry pie
· Homemade pies ready for the oven when you
need a delicious treat.
· Cooking instructions included.
· Apple $17.00. Blueberry $17.00
· Last day to order is October 17th
· Limited quantity available.
· First come first served.
· These pies make lovely gifts!
· Thank you for your support!
To order contact Anne Villeneuve
Tel: 613-425-0507 Email:












Youth Ministry










Youth in grade 7 through university, 

come check out St. Leonard’s Youth Ministry


Join us at our first connection of the school year


Saturday, October 2, 7-9 pm

Email colleen.menton@rogers.... to get the Google Meet invite link 

or call 613-692-1839 












Financial Update Aug 31, 2021, YTD         









On behalf of Finance Council and Father Gerard, we are pleased to provide the Parish with an update on our finances as of August 31, 2021. The Covid 19 pandemic has continued to create difficult challenges for families, individuals, and businesses alike and has forced all of us to re-examine our priorities on how and where we spend our time and money. Our main message to all of you is one of gratitude and appreciation for your ongoing financial support to your parish.


As a result of your continued generosity, a continuation of government wage subsidies (included in other income on the financial report below) and appropriate expense management we are reporting a surplus of $9,200; with total income of $197,200 and expenses of $188,000. As most of you are fully aware by now, we had to undertake a full replacement of the roof shingles this summer at a cost of just under $35,000, with funds raised through an appeal to parishioners. This was made possible by your generous donations and we want to express our sincere appreciation. 


We want to emphasize the importance of pre-authorized and online givers. With total closure during part of the year and now with a 30% limit on mass attendance, it makes it difficult for envelope users to make their church donations. Many of you have adopted one of our 3 online donation options (pre-authorized, e-transfer, and that has had a tremendously positive impact in our receiving of regular donations, whether you are able to attend Mass or not. This year to date, 82% of our regular collections has been received via an online method as compared to only 61% in 2020 and 33% in 2019.


Thank You for Your Financial Support! 

























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Faith Formation
















For Children: Questions for God


Questions for God comprises of 10 short videos based on the children’s books. The first of 10 Children's book, which is USCCB approved, with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, is also included for download as pdf or epub.


From the author, Peggy Olds: “Our children come from God and it is our responsibility to see that they return to him. Good religious education begins at birth. Reading Questions for God to/with your child and making nightly prayers a priority will go far in laying a strong, Catholic foundation. Watch Here.












If you wish to schedule an appointment with Father Gerard or for any other administrative requirements please contact the Parish Office by email (office@stleonardsparis...) or by phone at (613) 692-4254.














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